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Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW)


Becoming an Outdoors Woman

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program (BOW) is an international program sponsored in part by the KDFWR and other partners including Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation. BOW is designed primarily for adult age women interested in building confidence and outdoor skills relevant in hunting and fishing.

Workshops range from 1-3 day events and are held at various locations across Kentucky. Come find out why thousands of women have already participated in this unique opportunity to learn more about hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife- related adventures in the Bluegrass State!

Upcoming Events

2020 BOW Event Dates

September 11-13 – VIRTUAL BOW Weekend! You will have access to the online course content on September 7 to review the introductory materials before the virtual interaction courses start over the weekend. Each class will have roughly 20 other participants on the virtual interaction courses. You will be able to pick 4 classes and selected what day/time works best for you during the online registration. Registration is free for participants who have purchased a valid hunting or fishing license or is a Kentucky Wild Member (see links below). Participants will be able take four classes during the course of the weekend through Zoom. A brief overview of some of the classes being offered is Backyard Birding, Mushrooms 101, How to Bowfish, Big Game Field Dressing, and How to Select a Firearm. We will also be having an optional “virtual campfire” where people can share memories, stories and meet other likeminded individuals! 

Classes will run on Eastern Time for the following:

Friday, September 11: 6-7:30 pm 

Saturday, September 12: 8:30am-4:30pm

Sunday, September 13: 8:30 am-4:30 pm 

Register for BOW Virtual Weekend Event:​​​

Remember to have a valid KY hunting or fishing licence or be a KY Wild Member before registering! Purchase here: 

Kentucky Wild information:​

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The BOW workshops are for you if......

  • You have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
  • You are a beginner who hopes to improve your skills.
  • You know how to do some of these activities, but would like to try your hand at some new ones.
  • You are just looking for the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.

Some of the classes held at most workshops are.....

  • Basics of Archery
  • Wild Game Cooking
  • Basics/Advanced Fishing
  • Introduction to Wild Mushrooms
  • Survival in the Outdoors
  • Edible Wild Plants
  • Basics of Fly Tying
  • Basics of Hunting in KY
  • Pistol Safety
  • Basic Rifle Use and Safety
  • Tree Identification
  • Basic Shotgun and Safety
  • Wildlife ID and Game Tracking

Conducted by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Department of Parks, the Cooperative Extension Service, and the University of Kentucky.

Contact Us!

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
1 Sportsman's Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601

Olivia Dangler
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Coordinator
1 Sportsman's Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
1-800-858-1549 X 4493
(270) 245-7612


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